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Hot Or Not? Joe Manganiello’s Clean-Shaven Face

joe-manganiello-600x450 (1)-thumb-550x412-78225Anyone still denying the fact that a beard enhances a man’s sex appeal by tenfold should really take a look at Joe Manganiello‘s clean-shaven face.

The 36-year-old True Blood actor debuted his fresh new face at the 10th Annual Style Awards in New York on Wednesday, where he probably could have slipped in unnoticed now that he looks like a completely different person.

We’re not exactly saying he looks bad sans scruff, but you have to admit the beard did wonders for his face. There’s still no explanation for the missing beard, but perhaps it could have something to do with the approaching final season of True Blood?

In 2010, shortly after he landed the role of TB‘s Alcide, Manganiello told Vulture that the beard was part of his character. “I read the books, and this is how the character was described in the books,” he said. “When I showed up I wanted to be as close to that mark as possible.”

This might be the end of Joe Manganiello’s beard, but at least we’ll still have his abs.

[Photo via Pajiba]

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35 Comments

  • loua61

    I have always loved facial hair on a man. I have tried to grow it on my own face several times and have failed. That said I think he looks 1000 times better with the beard. Not that I would kick him out of bed if he didn’t of course.

  • viveutvivas

    Yes, the beard does wonders for him.

    It used to do wonders for me too until I became violently allergic to “Just for Men” and all other hair dyes I have tried.

  • Dxley

    Neither. He’s bitch ass ugly!!!

  • stranded

    Dude’s totally hot, loved the beard, but his clean cut look (short hair, shaved face) is a nice change.

  • Niall

    I actually like his clean shaven face. And let’s be honest here, his face was never his main feature, because he’s not that handsome.

  • sanfranca1

    Either way, he’s smokin hot!

  • Randal Oulton

    Way hotter without the beard.

  • DarthKitsune

    He’s hot either way, I’d hit it.

  • viveutvivas

    His lower face is a little harsh-looking. The beard softens it and improves the proportions, and makes him look more confident and friendly. He also looks younger with the beard.

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  • MikeE

    @Dxley: Oh please, post a picture of yourself so that we can compare you to “bitch ass ugly”. Joe Manganiello is a very handsome man.

    And I prefer him with the facial hair. While still handsome without it, he seems more nondescript, more generic.

  • Jeremi

    He still looks handsome, although I think he looks better and more distinguished with facial hair in the side-by-side, at least if he’s gonna let the gray in. I was a fan of his way back when he was recurring on How I Met Your Mother, and he was hot back then too, AND clean-shaven at the time, though he was hotter then clean-shaven than now. Can’t pinpoint the big difference…age? weight change (beefier then, leaner now)? hair color? hair style? Combination?

    http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t117/cowboyhd/MenOnTV/Joe%20Manganiello/HIMYM/JoeManganiello-HIMYM-2×04-01.jpg

    http://cdn.crushable.com/files/2012/08/brad-himym.jpg

  • balehead

    he’s very attractive…….What a bunch of “jealous fading queens” on here….

  • MikeE

    @balehead: Are you an idiot? I mean, I just have to know. Do you get some sort of hard-on from insulting anonymous people on some forum?

    In case you didn’t bother reading (do you even KNOW how to read?) ONE person, yes exactly ONE person said they didn’t find him attractive, and that ONE person got told what’s what for it.

    So who exactly here is a “bunch of jealous fading queens”? The jealous one sounds like you, if you ask me.

    Enough with calling people “queens”. You sound like a self-loathing closet case. I, for one, am sick of your homophobic tirades.

  • balehead

    You still sound sad….hit a gym already….

  • dvlaries

    Without the beard he looks a great deal like Senator Staple-Crotch from Massachusettes, whatshisname Brown, the one Elizabeth Warren clobbered.

  • silverhoney

    Men have hair on their faces. Why are we removing it?

  • Alan down in Florida

    Not a big fan of facial hair personally but in this case I think the beard works better for him and the fact that it’s going gray is gangbusters sexy.

  • keep it real

    I like all kinds of hair on a man but I will take Joe down either way…..

  • Dan Shill

    Joe is hot as hell either way, although to be honest, I do prefer the scruffy, bearded look on him.

  • Dxley

    I still think he’s ugly as fuck. Is he even gay?

  • erikwm

    Is that Mitt Romney?

  • boring

    9 times out of 10 I’m NEVER a fan of facial hair but holy shit, beardless, this guy totally looks like Powdered Toast Man in human form.

  • SFHarry

    Why are comments on the Stoli article not allowed? I think Stoli should be donating the proceeds to organizations in Russia fighting homophobia not to American charities. I also think all of those guys participating in their contest should be ashamed of themselves.

  • Sweet Boy

    Beard = TOP

    Shaven = BOTTOM

  • hephaestion

    He can land acting jobs that are completely different for him without the beard.

  • Charles175

    @Sweet Boy: Interesting, Beard = TOP Shaven = BOTTOM. On a spiritual level of being masculine versus feminine you are correct. I am attracted to a well maintained “man garden” (both face and body) that has a naturally assertive masculine man underneath that garden (no pretty boys please). This compliments my inner soft and gentle spirit. Yet at the same time, most people are quite surprised when they find out I’m gay. The reactions and looks are priceless. In this I love to first top and then I equally enjoy satisfying my man by returning the favor. And yes, I do shave my face.

  • the other Greg

    @Sweet Boy: lol – that tends to be the rule. Maybe other areas are different but here in the Northeast it tends to be beard = top.

  • ParkerSparx

    He’s looks great either way, but prefer the beard.

  • Stache1

    @Dxley: I think your annoying as fuck. Post some pics and will rate you.

  • jasentylar

    Joe is totally hot. Love him…with the beard.

  • Will L

    I think it depends on whether he wants to look like somebody’s dad or somebody’s daddy.

  • CityBoy300

    Easy, everyone. Manganiello shaved in order to play Stanley Kowalski in A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE at Yale Rep, where he’s now appearing. The beard was not period-appropriate. We saw him at the opening last night, and he’s still VERY attractive without it.

  • Gregg

    Actually, rather than former Sen Brown of Mass, clean-shaven Joe resembles former actor & US Ambasssador to Mexico John Gavin, also GOP. Go figure, they’re all hot … BIATCH!

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